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ICC Sentences Former Lord’s Resistance Army Commander to 25 Years in Jail

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has sentenced former Lord’s Resistance Army child soldier-turned rebel commander Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The sentence was more than what prosecutors…

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Officials in South Sudan’s Jonglei State Accused of Stealing Food Aid

Civil society activists and residents in the capital of South Sudan’s Jonglei state have accused state officials of stealing food donated by President Salva Kiir that was meant for flood victims.The president donated 12 truckloads of food to victims of…

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French Journalist Kidnapped in Northern Mali Appears in Video

A journalist who disappeared last month in Mali’s northern city of Gao appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing to authorities to do everything they can to free him from Islamist militants holding him. “I’m Olivier Dubois. I’m French. I’m a journali…

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Rights Groups Urge Kenya to Reconsider Closing Refugee Camps

Human rights groups in Kenya are urging authorities to reconsider plans to close two camps that are home to over 400,000 refugees and asylum-seekers.Kenya has said it will close the Kakuma and Dadaab camps next year, but residents of the camps, who are…

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US Intelligence Assessment Backs Fears for Afghan Women

A newly declassified U.S. intelligence assessment warns that women in Afghanistan are likely to see their rights disappear should the Taliban come to power following the withdrawal of U.S. forces.The two-page Sense of the Community Memorandum, released…

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US Envoy Heads to Horn of Africa

NEW YORK – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa to the region Tuesday in a bid to de-escalate tensions.In a statement, Blinken said Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman will visit Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and…

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Mourners Hold Protester Funerals in Chad’s Tense Capital

Hundreds of chanting mourners carrying Chadian flags gathered Saturday to bury some victims who were shot dead during demonstrations against the country’s new military government, the first change in leadership in this central African nation in more th…

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UN Condemns Deadly Force by Chadian Security Against Protesters

GENEVA – The U.N. human rights office condemns the deadly use of force by Chad’s security forces against peaceful protesters demanding a return to civilian rule. Nationwide demonstrations throughout the past week have been met with a fierce respons…

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